Putting things into perspective

I know it’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been quite busy at work, and I have learned from my past experiences that there are times when we need to prioritize our time. Things that fall off my list are typically the “fun” things, crafts, blogging, posting and reading…

I am one to strive for balance in life, and I admit that there are many times where I choose to ignore the balance for the sake of things needing to be done. But unlike other times where I would have felt some resentment or frustration about that imbalance, I now recognize that the benefits of letting this “imbalance” happen overweighs the cost of seeking continuous balance.

My work requires a lot from me; especially when I am performing two roles at once. I take pride in my work and aim to do my best without going overboard. And this is where the big difference lies from my past behaviors.

I have learned to put in all in perspective. I admit at times it’s very difficult to be rational. Under stress, we tend to feel even more boxed in or frustrated. But when we can take one step back, and put the moment in perspective, it can help us in forging ahead knowing that the balance will occur over a longer period of time…

Of late, a typical day for me starts with a nice walk to work. I walk about 15 minutes through the vendor and restaurant streets and I appreciate seeing everyone getting ready for their day. Deliveries are being made, streets are being cleaned and store fronts are being opened;  this will be a theme of my some facebook photos for sure.

During the day, my tasks are partially planned, and partially “as things come up” – and these past weeks, more “things have come up” than ever. We are approaching a testing period in our projects, and certain things have not progressed as expected. Much is at stake since our go live date is fixed. However, one can do two things when faced with such “as they come up” situations –

We can panic, point fingers, look for blame, try to ignore, OR we can take inventory of where we are at this point, and without doing anything else (like looking back, trying to figure out who did what) we simply move ahead. Things are where they are, and the focus should be on either catching up, changing course or stopping things.

I cannot spend valuable energy on worrying about what “might” happen, or “what happened”… this will not add to the immediate need. One must put things into perspective, do the best we can to move forward, ask for support if this is needed, and …. forge ahead!

How has this changed my day? Well, I still am faced with a lot of challenges, some are small, some are enormous, but overall I just know that the focus is on restoration and moving ahead. Will everything work as planned? Likely not… it may be worse or better – but never exacly as planned.

I will walk away at the appropriate time knowing that despite the setbacks, the challenges, the misses, I will have done my very best… and that’s what I can give.

Meanwhile, I still seek that balance – but rather than evaluate it each day, i seek for balance within my entire week… so i work hard and focused during the week, and then my weekends are for fun, diversion and recharging.

To me, keeping things in perspective be it over a day, a week, a month or a lifetime seems to help me figure things out! Happy day to you all.

One thought on “Putting things into perspective

  1. I sometimes find it hard not to look back and lament a bit about how a situation could’ve been better, if things were different, etc. This is probably a good thing as sometimes it helps to learn from past mistakes (where possible of course!) but it doesn’t add much to how to deal with a crisis that is happening _right_now_.

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